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Redefining advertising - Advertising Technology

Advertising (Then and Now)

In the past, advertisements were bombarded on newspaper columns, printed on flyers, plastered on walls and playing on our box televisions. The rise and advent of technology has transformed these traditional forms of advertisements into data centric and technology focused publishing.

When the 21st century came around, the advertising industry turned into a wildfire that wouldn’t be stopped.

In her article, Stephanie talks about the origins of marketing and advertising as well as the current channels for advertising. She highlights the radical transformation in the advertising industry that likened a wildfire

So what is advertising like now?

Digital Advertising is looking to dominate advertising spending in media, growing at an average of 16.9% annually from 2018 (eMarketer, February 2019). With greater innovation amongst artificial intelligence, automation, mobile, internet and streaming usage, data etc. the reach and preference of digital advertising is bound to grow exponentially.

Source: Evolution of Digital Advertising (AdScholars)

The growth of advertising technology (AdTech) comes in tandem with the growth of digital advertising. Each key players within the ecosystem of AdTech play an integral role in the entire process of sourcing, channeling and tracking digital advertisements.

Unlike traditional advertising, tapping into Ad Tech softwares assisted by influential data allow agencies to make optimal placements of ads at suitable context to the right user.

See how the AdTech Ecosystem work - Interactive Flowchart

The Ecosystem of Advertising Technology

Source: MartTech Advisor

Trends and threats

The unique features of digital advertising include (being):

  • Trackable

Unlike traditional ads, advertisers can easily tell if their ad was effective such as measuring the click-through rates and customer-lifetime-value.

  • Interactive

Gatorade brought its ongoing sponsorship with Williams to Snapchat, the company came out with an animated sponsored lens which garnered around 160 million impressions on Snapchat.

  • Can be personalised

Hyper-specific targeted experiences driven by data will benefit a customer by matching his or her interests, and the company will gain greater efficiency from its marketing spend.

  • Extensive reach

As of 2021, 85% of Americans own smartphones, up from just 35% in 2011, and in 2020 mobile advertising accounted for an approximately 70% share of all internet advertising revenues.

  • Runs 24/7


The change in the use of personal data by phasing out the use of cookies has challenged advertisers to look for new ways to "push the ad industry to adopt targeting technologies that are more conscious of consumer privacy" Yashina Burns, Director, Data Privacy and Legal Affairs, DeepIntent.

According to the Media Dynamics Study, the average adult is exposed to 5,000+ brands and their advertisements throughout the day.